Thanksgiving for the Kingdom of God
The Value of the Kingdom – Part II
Scripture Reading: Matthew 13:44-52
Key Verse: Matthew 13:44
“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field.”
As we continue to study the value of God’s Kingdom, let me turn the discussion personal. How do you value the Kingdom in your life? Would the value you put on the Kingdom match the merchant in Jesus’s second parable?
Read Matthew 13:45-46:
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it”.
The merchant found many pearls but when he found one of great value, he figured out a way to buy it for himself. It is a safe assumption that this merchant would not resell the pearl for any amount of money; rather he would keep this one for himself.
How do you see your position in the Kingdom of God? Is there any sacrifice that you would not pay to keep your position in God’s Kingdom?
The disciples and hundreds of Jesus’s followers paid the ultimate price of martyrdom to keep their positions in God’s Kingdom. In their minds, there was no sacrifice too big for living eternally in the Kingdom that Jesus said he was going away to prepare.
As you look around in the church you attend, do you see people making compromises to their commitment to Jesus? I know we are not to judge people, but we cannot help but see their fruits. Jesus said:
Even more important than noticing compromises of other people, are their compromises in your commitment to Jesus? Have you cut corners on things that were once non-negotiable in your walk with Jesus?
Do not worry that you might miss something important because the Holy Spirit is faithful to bring to mind things that are out of balance in your life.
What are the things of high value, the pearls in your life?
We all have many pearls, such as our spouse, our kids, our grandkids, and other relationships in life. You might consider your job as a pearl or your home as a pearl.
The Bible does not ask us to get rid of all the pearls of our lives, it only requires us to see the Kingdom of God as the pearl of greater value than anything else.
Father, you, and your Kingdom are my most valuable pearls. In Jesus’s Name, amen.